The new spelling is T-A-K-E — take! The Master's spelling and our spelling of the word "ask" is T-A-K-E; that is also the spelling of Calvary and of the Third Morning. Shall I tell you how to reach that spelling? Three or four or five simple things will make it, I think, quite clear.
When God made man in His image, He gave him mastery of the earth. Man was the under-master of the earth and all its forces; Genesis 1 and Psalms 8
will make that quite clear. Man is a master, made in the image of God, to be master over all this earth; that is the Father's plan in His marvelous love. But the title to the territory given by God can be held only through obedience; that is the one law of title-holding in God's Kingdom. Disobedience demits the title; obedience holds the title.
The second thing to note is that man lost his mastery through disobedience. The tempter's whole thought was this: get man to disobey. He knows about the title standing in obedience; and so the temptation was simply this: to disobey the Father's will. Man disobeyed and he not only lost the dominion but he also became a slave on a practical basis.
Third thing: He lost the dominion to the one whom he obeyed, who is called by our Lord Jesus Christ, "the prince of this world. " He is not the rightful master, he is not the rightful prince of the world, because he has been a traitor to God. He is a traitor-prince, he has stolen the mastery, he is a thief, he is prince of this world, usurping the power that belongs to us.
Fact number four: The Lord Jesus Christ came, or as I love to put it, God came down Himself in the person of His Son; because that Man who walked around on the old Palestine soil was without a doubt God Himself treading in man's shoes. He was given the mastery of the earth, all afresh by the Father. God gave all things into His hands. "All things have been delivered unto Me of My Father," the Master plainly says, and that same fact is repeated four times over in John's Gospel. All things were given into the Lord Jesus Christ's hands. He was the new Master. Yet He could only hold His mastery by obedience. Thus the one touchstone of His life was this: He obeyed; even unto death, aye, the death of the Cross. And I think the great thing the pretender-prince, the cunning traitor-prince, was aiming to do those thirtythree and a half years, was to make obedience by our Lord Jesus just as hard as he could. But Jesus remained true. He held His title by obedience; first in His life, then in His death; and onward through His resurrection. And when He went back home — if you run through Ephesians and Colossians and the other epistles — the title to the earth was confirmed to Him when He returned to His Father's presence. It was given to Him by the Father; it was held by Him through His obedience; and now He gives us the right to take what rightly belongs to us, on the basis of His victory.